Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Thinking about Immigration

Even though there is a lot of hyperbole and hype around the illegal immigration issue in the US, it is encouraging to see some reasonable dialogue, too. Peggy Noonan strikes a good chord.

You can expect to see more debate about the 14th amendment definition of natural born citizen, particularly the statement

"All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the state wherein they reside."

in Section 1. How does "and subject to the juridiction thereof" apply to illegal immigrants who intentionally enter the US to deliver a baby on US soil?

Christians will need to be discerning here. Yes, we have compassion on individuals and families, even when they or others created a difficult situation by breaking laws. The government must operate in a different sphere, carrying the sword and ensuring justice.

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